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  • 30 Apr
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Andre Drummond bounced back from a couple quiet games, and the Detroit Pistons breezed to another easy victory at home.Drummond had 19 points and 20 rebounds, and Detroit beat the Denver Nuggets 103-86 on Saturday night. The Pistons have won all four of their home games this season by double digits, and they havent trailed by more than three points in any of them. They were never behind Saturday after scoring the games first 10 points.Drummond had only six points in a loss at Brooklyn on Wednesday night, and only nine in a win over New York the previous night.I wasnt myself the past two games, Drummond said. I wasnt playing with energy and I wasnt doing things Im supposed to do to help my team win games.The Pistons were all playing with purpose at the beginning of Saturdays game. Drummond threw down a one-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass from Ish Smith in transition to put Detroit up 8-0, and Denver took a quick timeout. It was 16-2 when the Nuggets called time again, and by the time the first quarter ended, Denver was 5 of 27 from the field and trailed 29-12.I thought in the first quarter, our defense was the best its been all year, and maybe as good as its been since Ive been here, Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. We were really on it, and it was making more than one, two efforts on every possession.It was 51-44 at halftime and 77-67 after three, then the Pistons started the fourth quarter with another 10-0 run and the rout was on again.Were only five games in, but theres been a pattern for four straight games where weve gotten down by 15, 18, Denver coach Michael Malone said. It was 20-4 to start the game. Were paid professionals. You have to be ready to play.Marcus Morris and Jon Leuer scored 15 points each for Detroit, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 13. Wilson Chandler led Denver with 21 points.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver was averaging 31.8 points in the third quarter this season, the second-best mark in the league. The Nuggets were held to 23 by Detroit. ... F Nikola Jokic was called for a flagrant foul in the third, and Drummond made both free throws after Denver had cut a 14-point lead to nine.Pistons: Detroit (4-2) is off to a solid start despite the absence of PG Reggie Jackson, who has been dealing with knee issues. ... The Pistons recovered nicely on defense after allowing a 71-point first half against Brooklyn. ... Drummond went 7 of 11 from the free throw line.MILESTONEDrummond had three blocked shots, bringing his career total to 500.Not enough, he joked. Its definitely a good milestone, and thanks to my teammates for letting their man get by them.Drummond finished one point short of what would have been his 11th career game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.CHANGESMalone was understandably displeased with his teams performance at the beginning of the game, and he indicated the starting lineup would be altered.We were flat everywhere, it wasnt just offensively, Malone said. Our defense was horrendous. They did whatever they wanted. It was the fifth game in a row where our starting group came out asleep, so were not going to have the same starting lineup (Sunday) night.Chandler wasnt about to dispute the coachs reaction.I can understand his frustration, Chandler said. Us as players individually, were frustrating ourselves.UP NEXTNuggets: Visit Boston on Sunday night.Pistons: Start a four-game trip against the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday night.---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister Discount Nike Tanjun . 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